We have a large family. Not our immediate family--well four kids can be a lot. But in Steve's family there are 21 cousins for my kids to hang around with. They love it. There is always some one to play with at Grandma's. What I like is that they are really close. My oldest has learned to interact with girls because of his girl cousins. He knows they giggle a lot and that is okay. He is very protective of them and his sisters. The rest of the kids have learned to get along and how to "play" nice by interacting with "the cousins."
Each family is different and at different stages in life. We have different interests and passions but it all works because we are united in our love for each other.
In the picture above my younger daughter, Megan(on the left), is waiting for the baby to move in my sis-in-law's tummy. Megan doesn't really remember when I was carrying Joshua so this was a pretty cool thing for her.
So on Monday when little Rachael Suzanne was born Megan immediately wanted to go visit. We didn't go until Wednesday but she was so excited to get to hold her. I asked her after I got to hold her for a while if she wanted to hold her alone or if she wanted to be on my lap. She replied "On your lap--she is too tiny for me to do alone." She is a tiny little one and so precious. I loved going with my littlest girl to visit her. Megan loves babies and little kids. Tonight she enjoyed being with her second cousin and keeping her entertained while her dad was busy. She just has fun nature about her and the little ones seem to respond to that. On the other hand she has a firm hand and lets them know when they are getting out line. I call her "little momma" sometimes when I hear her talking to others who are younger than her!